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Youth Week 2019 - connecting young people to fun and the future

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Central Coast Council is celebrating National Youth Week 2019, hosting a wide range of events where the next generation of leaders are being inspired to get involved and be heard.

With a theme of ‘Connect, share, speak out and celebrate’, Youth Week is organised by young people, for young people aged 12-24 years in a number of communities across the state and country from 10-18 April.

Council Director Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan is urging young people across the Central Coast to connect with each other by sharing their ideas, talents and getting involved in local events.

“Youth Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution young people make to our community,” Ms Vaughan said.

“This year’s Youth Week is perfectly timed with the school holidays to keep everyone entertained during the break.”

Even before the official Youth Week, local celebrations will kick off with a free family celebration at Canton Beach Foreshore on Sunday 7 April.

Throughout the Week itself, there is something for everyone - with skate skills workshops and competitions, festivals and carnivals, art talks and exhibitions, a gaming tournament and film screenings, along with workshops about everything from animating and playwriting to DJing.

Young people can also prepare for the future by attending information sessions about joining the workforce, accessing study allowances and finding secure housing.

Mayor Jane Smith said young people aged between 12 and 24 represent 15.3 per cent of the Coast population or more than 50,000 people.

“Youth Week is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the many and varied contributions of young people to our society – culturally, socially and economically,” Mayor Smith said.

“Young people are our future and we are committed to supporting them to not only access activities that are fun but also help build skills they can use in the future.

“Right acros the Coast there will be a range of activities and celebrations taking place and I would strongly encourage everyone to find out what’s happening and get involved.

For a full copy of the Youth Week calendar, visit 



New Y4Y team to 'make it happen' for Coast's youth

Friday, 14 December 2018

 A diverse mix of young people have been appointed as members of Y4Y (Youth for Youth), the Coast’s first regional youth action team.


Central Coast Council today announced the names of the 12 young people who will represent the Coast’s young people for the next 15 months.


Team members range in age from 14 to 24. Some are students at school, TAFE or university while others are in the workforce. During September and October, Council ran a campaign encouraging young people to nominate for Y4Y.


Council Director, Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan said the new team would help ‘make it happen’ for young people by advocating, advising and acting on youth issues.


“During its 15-month term, Y4Y will help develop the Council’s youth strategy, run a youth forum and develop other events, resources or activities for young people,” Ms Vaughan said.


Early in their term, team members will attend a leadership camp and will participate in ongoing skills development to assist them in their role.


Mayor Jane Smith said the Y4Y team will engage and empower young people.


“Young people aged between 12 and 24 represent 15.3% of the Coast’s population, or more than 50,000 people and their voices need to be heard,” Mayor Smith said.


“The Y4Y will give them that voice in Council decision-making as they help shape the future of the Coast.”


The 12 Y4Y members are:

  • Maia Ambridge, Wamberal

  • Tasmin Caldwell, Woy Woy

  • Ruby Ingels, Avoca Beach

  • Corey Lees, Chittaway Point

  • Ashley McEvoy-Folland, Berkeley Vale

  • Makali McEvoy-Folland, Berkeley Vale

  • Christine Nou, Gosford

  • Kieran Peters, Warnervale

  • Isabella Reading, Blue Haven

  • Crystal Russom, The Entrance

  • Danny Vojnikovich, Wyong

  • Hannah Lyn Walker, Murrays Run

Central Coast Series Champions 2018 named during National Youth Week

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

 The Central Coast Series Champions for 2018 have been named in an exciting final at Bato Yard during National Youth Week 2018, scooping a total prize pool of $5000.

Three heats were held at Wadalba Skate Park, Umina Skate Park and Bato Yard where young riders of all ages and abilities showed off their skills on BMX, skate, scooter or WCMX (wheelchair) for their chance to claim the Central Coast Series Champion title in the nail-biting final.

Council Unit Manager Community Partnerships, Glenn Cannard, said the event continues to be extremely popular, with large crowds, strong competition and a lot of fun had by all those involved.

“This event gets bigger and better each year with more competitors, the use of new venues and a larger prize pool.” Mr Cannard said.

“It is an important event run by the Council during National Youth Week, providing a great opportunity for young people on the Central Coast to participate and showcase their talents.”

National Youth Week is organised by young people, for young people aged 12-24 years in a number of communities across the state and country from 13-22 April.

The Central Coast Council celebrated the important initiative with a wide range of events including the Central Coast Series to encourage the next generation of leaders to get involved and be heard.

“Young people across the Central Coast were encouraged to share ideas, show off their talents, join in local events – but most of all have fun!” Mr Cannard said.

“This year’s Youth Week was perfectly timed with the school holidays which kept everyone entertained during the break.

“In addition to this major skate competition, we held a bumper calendar of events for the Central Coast community ranging from live entertainment, art competitions and more.”

Other key Council supported events included the RISE UP & CREATE Exhibition Opening & Award Presentation at the Oasis Central which included a Youth Visual Arts Exhibition, and the popular GOATS Family Festival which celebrated its 20th anniversary with large crowds, live bands, market stalls, showbags, cultural performances, art, animals and rides.

Free aspiring filmmaker workshops were also held at the Erina Centre and Lake Munmorah Community Centre for those interested in the craft and a short film created through one of our youth programs, Idea to Screen, aired on ABC iView last night.

“‘I Dream’ gave young participants an insight into the film making process thanks to one of the many programs we run at The Hub, Erina.” Mr Cannard said

“Youth Week is a great opportunity to promote a positive image of our young people and celebrate their contribution to the community.”

We congratulate the Central Coast Series Champions 2018:

U’12: 1st Logan Graffi | R/U Harvey Campbell
U’16: 1st Duke Cooper | R/U Karen Barry
Open: 1st Andrew MacDougall
Sponsored: 1st Mitchell Bullard | R/U Ben Field
Women’s: 1st Zahra Johns | R/U Lexi Russell

U’12: 1st Joel Croan | R/U Riley Reid
U’16: 1st Brock Moore | R/U Cooper Linde
Open: 1st Travis Browne
Sponsored: 1st Jack Lindsay | R/U Jacob Poulos
Women’s: 1st Tabitha Blake

U’12: 1st Ace Hendry
U’16: 1st Coby Forrest
Sponsored: 1st Michael Hodgins

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The HUB Erina
Youth Entertainment Venue

North South Road Erina Fair
Erina 2250

(located south/west side of the bus interchange)

Monday - Saturday
Phone: (02) 4304 7071



The HUB Erina Youth Entertainment Venue

- is host to live music events since 2005, helping launch the careers of Shortstack, Elaskia, Karise Eden and Fletch Pilon.

- is renowned as a venue for rock, alternative and indie music with its BATTLE of the BANDS and DISCOVERED events.

The HUB Erina's policy of nurturing new music continues to this day, making it a great place to spot the stars of tomorrow. 


The HUB Erina | Program Development & Event Management
- The Creative Engineers project delivers professional development programs to connect young people to the Central Coast arts sector. The program provides an opportunity of creative cultivation and creative leadership for young people, linking in with the strong community of artists, performers and musicians in the region.

The HUB Erina | The Core Skills Development project delivers both accelerated foundation programs (< 12 weeks) and standard foundation programs (> 12 weeks < 12 months).
Through strategic alignment with youth focused run activities, the overall project provides a broad number of discipline based programs spanning across the arts and fitness to incorporate wellbeing.


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